Rob Halford has revealed that Judas Priest is planning to mark the band’s 50th anniversary in 2019 with a special celebration. “We are, yes,” he told Sara Parker of Philadelphia’s 93.3 WMMR radio station in a new interview (hear audio below). “We’re already having these discussions every now and again in the band and with our label and with our promoters and management. We have some ideas and when we get close to solidifying something, we’ll let you guys know.”
He added: “It’s gonna be a great year. What a celebration. Another incredible milestone for Judas Priest that we’re looking forward to sharing with everybody.”
Bassist Ian Hill is the sole remaining original member of Judas Priest, which formed in 1969. Halford joined the group in 1973 and guitarist Glenn Tipton signed on in 1974. Rob left JP in the early 1990s to form his own band, then returned to JP in 2003. Founding guitarist K.K. Downing parted ways with the band in 2011, and was replaced by Richie Faulkner.